Focus on the Family Foundation Relations Manager in Colorado Springs, Colorado

The Foundation Relations Manager position exists to plan, direct, and implement Focus on the Family’s strategy to solicit and secure funding from institutional foundations and to collaborate with Family Advancement Representatives to solicit and secure funding from family foundations. On an annual basis, the Foundation Relations Manager will be responsible for raising or exceeding the target income from institutional donors, as well as developing a new prospect pool of donors through strategic cultivation and solicitation strategies. Collaborating with the Communications and Strategy Manager, Finance, and program owners across the ministry, the Foundation Relations Manager is responsible to manage all aspects of the foundations process and provide necessary resources and communication to internal team members to support their development efforts with their donors’ family foundations.The Foundation Relations Manager must be intrinsically self-motivated and highly-organized, and have excellent written and oral communication skills. This position will require independent working ability and prioritization of a large number of tasks to ensure deadlines are met, while consistently delivering a high-quality product.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Manages all the details, deadlines and timelines for foundation communications, ensuring all deadlines are met with Focus on the Family’s quality standard of service

Researches and prospects potential new institutional foundation funding priorities that match with Focus’s key mission initiatives to grow the revenue of the foundations department

Develops and implements internal systems for preparing letters of intent, proposals, and status reports

Provides Family Advancement Reps with proactive and reactive foundation research, qualifying giving potential, offering support and follow up, consultation and accountability as they proceed through the various stages leading to the solicitation of funding from foundations

Participates in and executes a thorough editing process for all documents prepared for an external audience, in accordance with Focus on the Family’s quality standards

Uses in-house software to document research, communications, letters of inquiry, proposals, status reports, grant submission due dates, types of programs the foundation funds, board/trustee member names and biographical information, and other necessary data related to foundation management

Fosters an atmosphere of teamwork by anticipating needs of colleagues, providing all necessary information for the assigned task

Engages foundation staffon a regular basis to include inquiries, research, and thank you calls. Serves as their liaison and advocate at FOF

Meets or exceeds all scorecard metrics; modifies/adapts strategy as necessary to ensure goals are attained. Presents results at trimester meetings with senior leadership

Managerial Breadth/Scope of Job:

Managing systems, processes, deadlines and quality of work produced and distributed to constituents

Working Environment/Physical Requirements:

Office environment

May require some travel



Exemplifies Ephesians 5:1-2, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children and walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us...”

Pursues the Great Commission given by Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ; maintains a courteous, Christ-like attitude in dealing with people within and outside of Focus; adheres to the Standard of Moral Conduct and Statement of Faith; upholds Focus on the Family's ministry in prayer

Prays personally for Focus on the Family’s staff and constituents and may occasionally lead in a public prayer

Engages in Christian ministry

Demonstrates behaviors aligned with FOF core values

This role is considered a Spokesperson for Focus on the Family and should represent Focus’ position and tone at all times

Personal Characteristics:

Exhibits integrity in professional and personal life in accordance with biblical standards Self-motivated ; Proactive; Articulate; Relational; Personable; Reliable; Flexible; Detail-oriented; Organized; Approachable


Bachelor's Degree in related field preferred

5-7 years of experience in foundation fundraising preferred

Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Windows database management tools

Administrative experience; enjoys developing and maintaining systems

Skills, Abilities, and Special Talents/Gifts:

Highly polished written and verbal communication and social skills; clarity of expression, good organization of thoughts, and effective articulation

High level of energy and enthusiasm; must be bright and friendly, conveying warmth and genuine interest in people

Convincing, persuasive and credible; able to impress favorably and win long-term confidence and trust

Skill at creating and implementing the tactical level elements of foundation fundraising

Accuracy and an eye for detail

Excellent organization and time management skills

Capable of handling pressure and rejection without inappropriate disappointment

Enjoys working with complex situations and solving problems

Ability to deal in fast-paced environment with shifting priorities; flexible

Able to independently prioritize projects

Able to meet high capacity work load and deadlines

Able to work flexible hours and long hours when needed

Independent self-starter

Ability to work with limited supervision Proactive and creative problem solver

Curious and tenacious in pursuit of Foundation leads and activities

Enjoys working with people

Stewardship Requirements:

Plans and develops annual revenue and expense budget for Foundations segment

Discusses scorecard progress three times a year with the executive leadership team

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Pay Type: Salary

Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Travel Required: Yes

Hiring Rate: $55,030.00

Location: 8605 Explorer Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, USA